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Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Princess: Sweet and Low

              1Sweet and low, sweet and low,
              2      Wind of the western sea,
              3Low, low, breathe and blow,
              4      Wind of the western sea!
              5Over the rolling waters go,
              6Come from the dying moon, and blow,
              7      Blow him again to me;
              8While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps.

              9Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
            10      Father will come to thee soon;
            11Rest, rest, on mother's breast,
            12      Father will come to thee soon;
            13Father will come to his babe in the nest,
            14Silver sails all out of the west
            15      Under the silver moon:
            16Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.


1] The Princess: A Medley, published 1847. This poem was added in the edition of 1850.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Alfred lord Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, 3rd edn. (London: E. Moxen, 1850). tenn T366 P756 1850 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1850
RPO poem editor: H. M. McLuhan
RP edition: 3RP 3.56.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14

Rhyme: ababaabc

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